Tutorials, Handouts and Software

The links below point to tutorials, handouts and useful software available to faculty. Some handouts require the free Adobe Acrobat reader.

Blackboard Learn 9.1

Blackboard Learn 9.1 is Atlantic Cape's web-based learning management system, used in all of our Online courses. Not only does it have communication tools such as email, messages, discussions and chat, but it also allows you to create Online tests, monitor your students' progress through activities, and it also supports many multimedia formats such as audio and video. Instructional Technology offers faculty a variety of workshops on Blackboard Learn 9.1. Blackboard has created an "On Demand Learning Center" to assist faculty in learning Blackboard Learn 9.1. Click below for audio narrated Instructor and Student Blackboard Learn 9.1 tutorials.

Creating Accessible Files

It is important to create accessible files in order for screen readers like JAWS to be able to navigate and read the files.

Jing

Jing is software to create instant screenshots and screencasts.

Mac Help and Documentation

For PC users who have switched to a Mac:

Guide for using a Mac effectively:

Mahara

Mahara is an online electronic portfolio ("ePortfolio") environment for faculty and students interested in building a career-oriented web presence and tracking the development of skills during the learning process. Atlantic Cape hosts Mahara on the college academic server ("Venus"), so there is no banner advertising on pages and no third-party tracking for marketing purposes.

(Note: By storing content on the Venus server, all users implicitly agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the Acceptable Usage Policy.)

Because Mahara is designed for use across multiple classes within an academic program, interested faculty should consult with department colleagues to coordinate its implementation.

Polling Tools for the Classroom

Two free student response systems to use in your classroom are Poll Everywhere and Polls by Blackboard. These free applications use students' personal mobile devices to increase classroom interaction. Students can participate in classroom surveys using SMS messaging, mobile and desktop web browsers.

Prezi

Prezi is zooming presentation software. It allows you to bring all of your ideas into one space and show how they relate.

SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard and SMART Notebook Software

View the links below for information on free Online training and resources for the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and the SMART Notebook software.

Turnitin

Turnitin is software used at Atlantic Cape to deter plagiarism. It is easy to use and quickly identifies unoriginal material. View the link below for useful handouts, manuals, and links. Turnitin Academy Live is a series of highly interactive Online professional development sessions geared toward taking instructors beyond just plagiarism prevention and toward a powerful pedagogy for 'writing to learn.' Each one-hour session explores practical methods and activities of using Turnitin in the instructional process.

Twiddla

Twiddla is a real-time Online collaboration tool that is free for educational uses. You can use Twiddla to create and attend password protected meetings with a custom meeting URL. Twiddla allows you to share images and documents and incorporates both chat and voice.

Venus Academic Server

The Atlantic Cape academic server ("Venus") provides file storage and website technologies for faculty and students.

Web Page Design

View the links below for help with designing and maintaining web pages:

Whiteboard Animation Videos

Whiteboard animation videos are videos that draw themselves using images, shapes, characters and sounds. Below are three web tools that you can use to create whiteboard animation videos:

WordPress

WordPress provides simple, intuitive tools for building basic websites and blogs. Atlantic Cape hosts WordPress on the college academic server ("Venus"), so there is no banner advertising on pages and no third-party tracking for marketing purposes.

(Note: By storing content on the Venus server, all users implicitly agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the Acceptable Usage Policy.)

Accounts are currently limited to faculty and staff requiring a public presence for educational purposes, such as coursework, clubs, and committees.